Review: Swampfox Kentucky Long Scope

By Michael Mills
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Review: Swampfox Kentucky Long Scope

July 29th, 2022

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So, you have gone out and picked up one of the coolest bolt guns available today, the Model 2020 Waypoint, in one of two intricate camo patterns. Now, you have to decide on what you are going to mount on top of it in the way of a scope.

review of the Swampfox Kentucky Long
Swampfox Optics offers a range of glass for rifles and pistols. In this article, the author reviews the Kentucky Long scope. Credit: All images by After Action.

In today’s market, we have tons of options from MOA to MIL and magnifications from 2X to 50X. And, of course, any time you zero a scope, you are going to want to zero it with your preferred ammo. For my project, we are going to use Norma Whitetail, which is a great ammo for hunters that want that consistent accuracy with quick takedown power.

Norma Ammo used during the scope testing
During accuracy testing, the author used highly regarded Norma Whitetail ammunition. Designed for hunters, the ammo provides excellent accuracy and knockdown power.

All Those Numbers…

Our scope of the day here is the Swampfox Kentucky Long, a series of scopes offered with a wide selection of magnification ranges and reticle types. For my needs, I selected the 2-12x44mm. If you are new to scope language, basically that number means the scope can magnify from two to 12 times, and the objective or downrange end of the scope is 44mm — which means it will take in a lot of light.

Swampfox Optics offers a number of reticle options. In this review, the author tested the scope with a Reece MIL reticle.

As noted, the Kentucky Long series comes in a range of not only magnification styles, but also reticle designs and measurement styles, from MIL/MOA. My test model is in MIL, with the Recce MIL reticle design. MIL allows you to do your math and adjustments in 10ths rather than ¼ inches like MOA. This reticle design allows for fast accurate ranging and holdovers from distance to wind calls. The scope design is FFP, or first focal plane, which means the reticle grows as you power up the magnification. [Ed. note: Check out our article on FFP vs. SFP.]

The tube diameter of the scope is 30mm, with a total length of 12.4”. It weighs in at 24 oz. With this scope, you have the ability to adjust parallax from 10 yards to infinity, and your field of view is 9.3’ at 100 yards. The glass has been fully multi-coated and contains rare earth minerals to provide high light transmission with clarity from edge to edge. The scope has been tested to 1100g’s, has push/pull locking turrets, and has a total of 60 clicks worth of adjustment for elevation and windage.

Sighting in the Swampfox Kentucky Long during the review
When combined with the Norma Whitetail ammunition, the Swampfox Kentucky Long provided excellent accuracy mounted to a Springfield Model 2020 Waypoint.

If you are an inclement weather hunter, it’s also IPX7 rated, so no need to worry about dust or water affecting your internals. And for low light, you have a powered red reticle via a single 2032 battery. You do get some extras with the scope in the box, including the manual, two shark fin-style throw levers, a cleaning cloth, a battery, flip-up lens caps and a 3″ sunshade for those crazy bright days.

Swampfox Kentucky Long scope mounted on a Springfield Armory Waypoint 2020 rifle
All the makings for a great day at the range with the Model 2020 Waypoint rifle in 6.5 CM.

Setting Up for Success

After getting this zeroed with my chosen Norma whitetail ammo, I went out to slap some steel at a few hundred yards. Now, it’s been super windy here in Arizona, and the day of this test the gusts were expected to be from 10-20 mph throughout the day. Luckily for us, we never saw more than 5 mph wind.

Swampfox Kentucky Long 2-12x scope
To mitigate shooter-induced accuracy errors, the author used this Caldwell rest during testing of the Swampfox scope.

Now, even though 6.5 Creedmoor is a flat-shooting performance round, high wind like that can cause some deviations. To get the most out of your sub-.75 moa guaranteed Waypoint, wind conditions matter and you should always zero on the flattest range with the least wind possible.

magnification lever on Swampfox scope
A quick throw lever at the rear of the scope allowed the author to smoothly transition between magnification powers.

You will see the photo of the final zero with two rounds dead center, in the target and one slightly low. You will also see three other rounds in that same target, which are quite a bit low. Those are a test of a basic 6.5 CM ball round I use for practice, and it shows how much ammo can deviate from one brand/load to another.

testing the Swampfox scope with 6.5 CM ammo
Norma’s Whitetail ammunition is an excellent choice for anyone looking to fill a tag during the upcoming hunting season.

I have had a few Swampfox scopes over the past couple of years and found them all to have very clear reticles with glass has is clear and bright — including on this scope. The eye box is generous and the push/pull-style resettable turrets are some of my favorites. It’s nice to be able to lock down the turret quickly without having to spin off a cap or put it back on in fear of knocking your adjustment out of true.

The adjustments for windage and elevation are firm and tactile with an audible response so you know exactly when you are engaging that next adjustment click. The turrets also display white and red markings for quick identification of turret adjustment location. When using the magnification ring, the small throw lever seemed to be the best fit with how smooth the magnification ring moves around the scope body.

adjusting the turrets on the Kentucky Long scope
Swampfox uses a push/pull locking system for the turrets. A total of 60 clicks in adjustment are available for both windage and elevation.

I think the quality speaks for itself with this scope. And if you have any worries about it, Swampfox has a 50k round warranty, which I think we all pretty much know means it has a lifetime warranty, especially on a bolt gun like the Springfield Model 2020 that you will keep and use for years to come. Make sure you check out some more of the great content on the Model 2020 here on The Armory Life like Wayne Van Zwoll’s article on what makes the best hunting scopes.

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Michael Mills

Michael Mills

Michael Mills created as a way to help spread good information, shed positive light on the gun community and to have fun. He has always loved teaching and helping others, especially when it comes to gun rights. This passion was further ingrained during his service in U.S. Army Special Operations, and he is a Use of Force Instructor, Defensive Tactics instructor, DEA Firearms Instructor and Police Academy instructor. He also has 15 years of law enforcement experience from patrol to supervision.

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